By John Wood
Gold Award Winners
A Poodle in Paris, Connie Kaldor, The Secret Mountain, 2004; $22.99 CD/Book; www.thesecretmountain.com. This award-winning Canadian folk artist's engaging, cabaret-style CD and accompanying book is sure to appeal to the whole family.
Don't Blink, Parachute Express, Trio Lane Records, 2004; $14.98 CD; www.parachuteexpress.com. A wonderfully addictive collection of well-written, clever tunes that speak to the heart.
Go Itsy, Asheba, COV Productions, 2002; $15 CD; www.asheba.net. Infectious Caribbean-style rhythms highlight this upbeat collection of original and traditional tunes.
Jazz Baby: Session 1, Various Artists, Casablanca Kids, 2005; $9.99 CD; www.casablancakids.com. Classic family tunes with great jazz grooves are performed by stars such as Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Cole, Billy Preston, Taj Mahal, Cybil Shepard and Jim Belushi.
Honors Award Winners
Cat’s Night Out, Graham Walker; Laughing Fox Music, 1986; $12.95 CD; www.grahamwalker.ca; for ages 1 to 8. This CD has stood the test of time and is still as fun and inventive as the day it was born.
Let’s Pretend – FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, Aaron Nigel Smith; Aya World Productions, 2005; $12.50 CD; www.musicandmovement.net; for ages 2 to 9. An energized, eclectic amalgam of songs from the heart. The children’s choir kicks, the arrangements are real, and the message is genuine.
Secret Door, Kitty Gill; Pixie Sage LLC, 1999; $16 CD; www.pixiesage.com; for ages 2 to 6. Imaginary character Pixie Sage introduces gentle songs of self-esteem and acceptance.
Singing Sounds, Cathy Bollinger; EduFun Productions, 1997; $16.98 CD; www.superduper.com; for ages 2 to 7. Edutaining fun with clever sing-alongs designed to help youngsters learn correct speech sounds.
Tiny Tunes, Carole Peterson; Macaroni Soup! Active Music For Kids, 2005; $15 CD; www.macaronisoup.com; for ages 1 to 4. Peterson talks directly to her young audience in a leisurely manner much as Fred Rogers did so splendidly. She never condescends but – mark this – you will be up and moving from the get-go!
Return to NAPPA 2005 Award Winners: Music to see winners for other age groups.